FRANCESCO FOCACCI

Francesco Focacci is Associate Professor of Structural Engineering at the eCampus University. Degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Bologna (1995). PhD in Composite materials for Civil Engineering at the University of Lecce (1999).
IUAV, University of Venice: research fellow on composite materials for structural rehabilitation (1998-04) and reliability of bridges (2005-07); adjunct professor of structural rehabilitation (2002-07).
e-Campus University: Assistant Professor of Structural Engineering (2010-20).
Member of the Rilem Technical Committee 234-DUC (2009-10).
Member of the CNR Committee for the drafting of the guideline CNR-DT 215/2018 (2016-18).
Coordinator of the eCampus University research unit of the Reluis projects 2014-2018 and 2019-2021 (since 2015).
Member of the Editorial board of Journal of Composites for Constructions (ASCE International Journal) (since 2018).
Member of the ASTM Committee C09 (C.09.46 Shotcrete) (since 2019).

Research activity of Francesco Focacci refers to the following topics:

  • Use of FRP (fiber reinforced polymer) bars in Reinforced Concrete members.
  • FRP (fiber reinforced polymer) composite materials for strengthening concrete, masonry and timber structures.
  • FRCM (fiber reinforced cementitious mortar) composite materials for strengthening concrete and masonry structures.
  • Mechanical characterization of FRCM (fiber reinforced cementitious mortar) composites.
  • Bond of composite materials and concrete and masonry substrates.
  • Structural behavior of masonry structures.
  • Seismic capacity of masonry structures.

Email: francesco.focacci@uniecampus.it

Main publications:

  1. Focacci, F., Nanni, A., Bakis, C.E. (2000). Local bond-slip relationship for FRP reinforcement in concrete. Journal of Composites for Construction (ASCE), 4(1), 24-31. doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)1090-0268(2000)4:1(24).
  2. Galati, N., Nanni, A., Dharanib, L.R., Focacci, F., Aiello, M. A. (2006). Thermal effects on bond between FRP rebars and concrete. Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, 37(6), 1223-1230. doi:10.1016/j.compositesa.2005.05.043.
  3. D’Ambrisi, A., Focacci, F. (2011). Flexural strengthening of RC beams with cement-based composites. Journal of Composites for Construction (ASCE), 15(5), 707-720. doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)CC.1943-5614.0000218.
  4. D’Ambrisi, A., Feo, L., Focacci, F. (2012). Bond-slip relations for PBO-FRCM materials externally bonded to concrete. Composites Part B: Engineering, 43(8), 2938-2949. doi: 10.1016/j.compositesb.2012.06.002.
  5. Rovero, L., Focacci, F., Stipo, G. (2013). Structural behavior of arch models strengthened using FRP strips of different lengths. Journal of Composites for Construction (ASCE), 17(2), 249-250. doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)CC.1943-5614.0000325.
  6. D’Ambrisi, A., Feo, L., Focacci, F. (2013). Masonry arches strengthened with composite unbonded tendons. Composite Structures, 98, 323-329. doi: 10.1016/j.compstruct.2012.10.040.
  7. D’Ambrisi, A., Focacci, F., Caporale, A. (2013). Strengthening of masonry-unreinforced concrete railway bridges with PBO-FRCM materials. Composite Structures, 102, 193-204. Doi: 10.1016/j.compstruct.2013.03.002.
  8. D’Ambrisi, A., Focacci, F., Luciano, R. (2014). Experimental investigation on flexural behavior of timber beams repaired with CFRP plates. Composite Structures, 108, 193-204. doi: 10.1016/j.compstruct.2013.10.005.
  9. Focacci, F., Carloni, C. (2015). Periodic Variation of the Transferable Load at the FRP-Masonry Interface. Composite Structures, 129, 90-100. doi: 10.1016/j.compstruct.2015.03.008.
  10. Focacci, F., Foraboschi, P., De Stefano, M. (2015). Composite beam generally connected: Analytical model. Composite Structures, 133, 1237-1248. doi: 10.1016/j.compstruct.2015.07.044.
  11. Carloni, C., Focacci, F. (2016). FRP-Masonry Interfacial Debonding: An Energy Balance Approach to Determine the Influence of the Mortar Joints. European Journal of Mechanics – A/Solids, 55,122-133. doi: 10.1016/j.euromechsol.2015.08.003.
  12. Malena, M., Focacci, F., Carloni, C., de Felice, G. (2017) The effect of the shape of the cohesive material law on the stress transfer at the FRP-masonry interface. Composites Part B: Engineering, 110, 368-380. doi: 10.1016/j.compositesb.2016.11.012.
  13. Carozzi, F.G., Bellini, A., D’Antino, T., De Felice, G., Focacci F., Hojdys, Ł., Laghi, L., Lanoye, E., Micelli, F., Panizza, M., Poggi, C. (2017) Experimental investigation of tensile and bond properties of Carbon-FRCM composites for strengthening masonry elements. Composites Part B: Engineering, 128, 100-119. doi: 10.1016/j.compositesb.2017.06.018.
  14. Alecci, V., Focacci, F., Rovero, L., Stipo, G., De Stefano, M. (2017) Intrados strengthening of brick masonry arches with different FRCM composites: Experimental and analytical investigations. Composite Structures, 176, 898-909. doi: 10.1016/j.compstruct.2017.06.023.
  15. Focacci, F., D’Antino, T., Carloni, C., Sneed, L.H., Pellegrino, C. (2017) An indirect method to calibrate the interfacial cohesive material law for FRCM-concrete joints. Materials and Design, 128, 206-217. doi: 10.1016/j.matdes.2017.04.038.
  16. Bencardino, F., Carloni, C., Condello, A., Focacci, F., Napoli, A., Realfonzo, R. (2018) Flexural behaviour of RC members strengthened with FRCM: State-of-the-art and predictive formulas. Composites Part B: Engineering, 148, 132-148. doi: 10.1016/j.compositesb.2018.04.051.
  17. Alecci, V., Barducci, S., D’Ambrisi, A., De Stefano, M., Focacci, F., Luciano, R., Penna, R. (2019) Shear capacity of masonry panels repaired with composite materials: Experimental and analytical investigations. Composites Part B: Engineering, 171, 61-69. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compositesb.2019.04.013.
  18. Focacci, F., Carloni, C., De Stefano, M. (2019) Approximate evaluation of the maximum force transferable at the FRP-masonry interface. Journal of composites for construction, 23(6). doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)CC.1943-5614.0000977.
  19. D’Antino T., Focacci, F., Sneed, L.H., Pellegrino, C. (2020) Shear Strength Model for RC Beams with U-Wrapped FRCM Composites. Journal of composites for construction, 24(1), Doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)CC.1943-5614.0000986.
  20. Santandrea M., Focacci F., Mazzotti C., Ubertini F., Carloni C. (2020) Determination of the interfacial cohesive material law for SRG composites bonded to a masonry substrate. Engineering Failure Analysis, 111, 104322. doi: 10.1016/j.engfailanal.2019.104322.